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CPR for Adults

If you’re in an emergency, CALL 000 

The guide below is for use on adults or children over eight years old. 

You can find our specific guides on CPR for children, infants and pregnancy, HERE.


The information below does NOT replace first aid training. If you haven’t been certified in first aid and CPR, we highly recommend doing so before attempting to administer CPR.

Before beginning CPR

Make sure you follow the DRSABCD action plan. This ensures you perform the vital steps necessary before beginning CPR.
CPR for Adults Printable Guide 1

How To preform CPR on an adult or child over eight years old:

Chest Compressions

1. Kneel beside the patient and place them on a firm surface, preferably on their back.
2. Place the heel of one hand in the centre of the chest, with the other hand interlocked on top. 
3. Straighten your arm and position yourself over the top of the patient’s chest.
4. Use the weight of your body and push your hands down to roughly 1/3 of the depth of their chest.
5. Release the pressure and push down again.
CPR for Adults step 1

After 30 Compressions, give two rescue breaths.

6. To ensure that the patient is in the correct position, place one hand on their forehead and the other hand under their chin to tilt their head back.
7. Pinch their nose with your thumb and index finger aund use your otherhand to open their mouth.
CPR for Adults step 2
8. Take a breath and form a seal around the patient’s mouth. Blow for about one second and look for the chest to rise and fall. Then give a second breath.
*Repeat the process and aim to do five cycles per two minutes. If you get tired, swap with someone else every five cycles.
CPR for Adults step 3

Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Most businesses house an AED, so if an AED is available, use it.
If an AED is available, attach the pads as demonstrated in the picture and follow its instructions.
The AED looks at the heart rhythm every two minutes and may deliver a shock to the patient. It will tell you before it does so.
Between every analysis, continue performing CPR.
Defibrillator AED CPR for adults

When to stop CPR

Only stop CPR if one of the following occurs:
  • The person’s breathing returns to normal
  • It is impossible to continue
  • A health care professional takes over
  • The situation becomes too dangerous to continue.

If the patient starts breathing

If the patient begins to breathe on their own, place them in the recovery position, as shown to the right and continue to monitor them closely.


CPR for adults recovery position

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